October 05-C, 2022

Taggart Lake 02 Oil Paint Rendered — Grand Teton National Park, Jackson, Wyoming
Our highest order obligation
is to take care of our heart/soul,
by living from our heart/soul,
and honoring our heart/soul
in all that we do.

Being true to ourselves
is being true to our heart/soul.
Knowing ourselves
is knowing our heart/soul.

We are not taught this anywhere
along the way.

The church tells us to not trust ourselves
because we are sinful and evil to the core,
and we must trust the church 
to tell us what to do, when and how.

We have to trust ourselves to not listen 
to the church.

Or to society.

Or to commercial television.


Where do we take our cues for living?

We all know when to quit pouring,
when we have eaten enough,
when it is time for water or wine,
what attracts us,
what repels us...

We come with essential knowing/recognition

When we trust our inner guide
we are trusting our heart/soul.
Being attentive to our heart/soul
is a matter of practice, practice, practice.

Awareness is a learned skill
as much as an inborn art.

We can live tuned-in to ourselves
and our environment,
and we can live clueless on all levels.

Heart/soul is a thing.
As real as the color of our eyes.
As true to us as our fingerprints.

We live to incarnate heart/soul,
to express/exhibit heart/soul,
to serve/tend heart/soul,
to be one with heart/soul--
in all times and places.

Dreams are a contact point with heart/soul.
Communing with heart/soul,
ruminating with heart/soul,
listening to heart/soul,
reflecting on heart/soul
leads to new realizations
and new ways of living
all because we take heart/soul seriously
and pay attention.


Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

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